A survey of Antarctic ice shelves has discovered that ice dissolving from underneath accounted for 55 per cent of shelf loss from 2003 to 2008. Ice shelves fringe 75 per cent of Antarctica (Science, June 14th 2013). It turns out that it is sea water, even if it is just above freezing point, that drives ice melt - not the temperature. Ice shelves melt from the bottom before they form ice bergs -see http://phys.org/print290348882.html
Climate change news
The mad scientist is active and kicking at the boundaries of reason. Dr Strangelove is interferring in nature - for the human good. Of course. At http://phys.org/print290263210.html ... we learn that large scale experiments where scientists spray iron into the waters around Antarctica, literally fertilising phytoplankton, have instead, as a side effect, created man-made algal blooms.
At http://geoffchambers.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/emmotts-big-wet-mac/ ... is a guest post by one Alex Cull, based on Stephen Emmott's odd book, Ten Billion, where reference is made to the amount of water required to produce food. In this instance, beef from cattle (or in easy logistics, per beefburger, on the assumption lots of the population eat lots of beefburgers, although why that should be so is not disclosed). It claims 3000 litres of water are consumed to make a single beefburger - and incredibly, 27,00 litres are required to make a bar of chocolate.
This post was sent from http://joannenova.com.au/2013/06/can-the-moon-change-our-climate-can-tid... ... Joanne asks the question. Meanwhile, Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com thinks the Moon does affect the climate as his monthly forecasts are based on solar and lunar orbits and cycles. They appear to work, in the main, but sometimes they are thrown out by earth facing coronal mass ejections (sun spots).
At http://phys.org/print289030328.html ... in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Russian researchers say the seriousness of the Chernobyl nuclear accident has been highly exaggerated by vested interests (presumably a reference to environmentalists in the West). Once again, we see that 'non-western' science is in many ways superior to the kind of diet we are being fed in Europe and N America. Thirty five years after Chernobyl and this exaggerated response is still potent in the West in spite of lots of evidence contrary to the doomsaying.
At http://phys.org/print287936452.html ... a Russian expedition has driven across the Arctic Ocean in buses fitted with bloated tyres that make them capable of crossing watery gaps in the ice. They used pick axes to chip a way through ice banks making their way at just over 6 mph but carrying a load of diesel fuel and other supplies, travelling 485 miles in 70 days. However, the Arctic route across the N Pole was not solid ice as they encountered gaps on occasion, with some patches of open sea.
Environmentalists object to the deforestation of the environment by environmentalists in order to save the environment
Aha. The green economic miracle in genuine full blown working order. For a sample, go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/5/28/environmentalism-brings-you-forest-cl... which was predicted somewhat earlier - see http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/save-the-coal-burn-a-forest/
Meanwhile, environmental activists have taken over the zoo in Germany - go and have a look at http://notrickszone.com/2013/05/28/german-association-of-journalists-dem... (and the previous post on the day before).